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Showing obituaries submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1960s
William Tagmyer ’60, a longtime University of Portland board member, passed away on Sept. 27, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. He was 75.
Even as he faced death, friends say he was unfailingly positive. Tagmyer approached his cancer treatment the same way he approached business, philanthropy and volunteering: with a big smile.
“I’m sure he had his down moments, but I never saw it,” said University of Portland President E. William Beauchamp. “He always seemed to be in a good mood.”
Tagmyer served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve before settling into the steel business. He ran Northwest Pipe Company for nearly 30 years, becoming president and CEO in 1986, just after its financial crisis. Tagmyer pulled the company out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and by 1988, Northwest Pipe reported record earnings. Under his leadership, the company grew from $19 million to more than $500 million in revenues.
The well-known Oregon businessman and philanthropist Bill "Tag" Tagmyer died in Boston, two weeks after undergoing surgery for thoracic mesothelioma. He was born on Jan. 31, 1938. A compassionate and fun-loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, Bill lived the family motto: "Work hard, play hard and contribute to society."
Bill was a "steel guy" who began his career with United States Steel in 1961. He worked for the Gunderson Division of FMC Corporation from 1969-75, and for L.B. Foster and its subsidiaries from 1975-85. He then joined Northwest Pipe Company, where he was president and CEO from 1985 to 2000 and board chairman from 1985 to 2012. This past summer, Bill was honored for his "55 years of exceptional service to the steel industry as an entrepreneur, visionary, leader and friend."
A graduate of Santa Clara University, Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, in which he rose to the rank of captain. He was an energetic board member for dozens of entities in Portland and California, among them are the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (chairman), the University of Portland, Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, Easter Seals and the Arlington Club. He was also a passionate golfer, serving as president of both the Waverley Country Club in Portland and the Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., as well as the board of the Western Oregon Golf Society. Bill is survived by his wife, Lucy of Lake Oswego; sons, Bill Jr. (wife, Cindy, and children, Lindsay, Kelsey and Whitney) and Steve (wife, Vicki, and children, Michelle and Dawson); daughters, Kris Tuor (husband, Darren, and children, Dalton and Dylan) and Karey Gutierrez '90 (husband, Bernard, and children, Sophie and Ellie); brother, Bob (wife, Sue); and multiple treasured nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Rita Tagmyer; and sister, Joyce Suess.
He was active with many charities, including one that sends poor golf caddies to college. In addition to the university's board, Tagmyer served on the boards of theOregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute and the Easter Seals Society of Oregon.
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:45P
Frank E. Quinn
Francis E. "Frank" Quinn ’60 died on August 11, 2013 in Seattle. He was born in Seattle to Albert and Frances Quinn on October 10, 1938. He graduated from the St. Joseph Grammar School and Seattle Preparatory in Seattle, and The University of Santa Clara in California. He served for four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam Conflict. He is survived by his four daughters, Corrine Fishman, Colleen Quinn, Kathleen Quinn and Kelly Quinn, all of California, three grandsons, and a granddaughter. He is also survived his siblings Joseph Quinn ’56 of Medina, Philip Quinn of Seattle, Louise Sifferman of San Juan Capistrano, and Catherine Turner of Escalo, California.
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:24P
Lee A. Cook
Lee Albert Cook ’61 (July 8, 1939 - July 30, 2013), a U.S. Veteran, age 74, of Sutter Creek, CA, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at his home with his loving family by his side. Born in San Francisco on July 8, 1939, a son of the late Edith Louise (Giusto) and Albert Bernard Cook, Lee was a 3rd generation San Franciscan. Lee was a Lt. in the U.S. Navy before joining the US Army Reserve and retiring a Captain after 22 years of service. As a teacher at San Quentin Prison, he created a data processing course that enabled inmates not only to find jobs when they were released, but also to financially support the program. Lee was very active in his community, belonging to Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor #31, Italian Catholic Federation, Branch #428, and Italian Benevolent Society. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 108. Lee and his wife Lynda traveled extensively after his retirement from Preston Youth Authority in 1998. They created many lasting friendships wherever they traveled. Lee was an affectionate son, husband, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. Lee is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Lynda Cook, of Sutter Creek, brother Kenneth and his wife Kathleen Cook of St. Louis, Mo., a niece, Catherine Cook, cousin Mike and his wife Patricia Giusto of Benecia, Calif., as well as many cousins and his beloved dog, Lucia.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 11:47A
GRD Engineering '61
Charles J. Larson, Sr. (Chuck)
Charles (Chuck) Larson, Sr. ’61, 82, formerly of Sunnyvale, Calif. went to heaven surrounded by family on April 9, 2013. He is survived by wife Betty and four children, Cathy (Andrew) Cattaneo, Chares, Jr. (Patrice), William (Patti) Larson, Theresa (Lawrence) Pierce, and eleven grandchildren. Charles worked at Varian, Lawrence Livermore Labs, Plasma Kinetics and EBT in Santa Clara. He retired to Grass Valley and later to Oro Valley, Ariz. Although he was a great husband, dad, uncle, brother, coach, friend, his favorite title was POPPY to his 11 grandchildren. Legacy.com and Arizona Daily Star have a full obituary. He loved Santa Clara University and all it gave him. Thank you, Betty Larson
submitted Jul. 16, 2013 11:56A
UGRD Engineering '61
Charles B. Gass Jr.
Charles Bernard Gass Jr. ’61 age 74, died in Chandler, Arizona, on May 26, 2013. A Phoenix native, Bernie was born in 1939 as the first of 10 children to the late Charles Bernard Gass Sr., another Phoenix native, and Nina T. Gass. The family lived on a farm at 19th Avenue and Earll Drive. Bernie was a member of the Brophy College Preparatory class of 1957 and was captain of the basketball team. Bernie attended the University of Santa Clara before graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1962. He also completed the Public Utility Executive Program at the University of Michigan in 1980. Bernie joined Arizona Public Service in 1961 as an engineer. He was promoted in 1973 to the newly created position of Fuel Supply Manager, a position he excelled at until his retirement in 1995. Bernie's hobbies included fishing, camping, hiking, tennis, reading, dirt bike riding, gardening, and genealogy. He loved attending his children's and grandchildren's sporting events. Bernie is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Margo; his dear brothers and sisters Toni Dole, Linda Garnand, Ron Gass, Madeline Kelly, Paula Ames, Dick Gass, Monica Barnekoff, Victor Gass, and Jerry Gass; his beloved children Larry Gass, Kathy Anderson, and Tom Gass; his precious grandchildren Jennifer Gass, Ryan Anderson, Kelly Gass, David Gass, Tim Gass, and Charlie Gass. Bernie was preceded in death by his beloved son Steven. Bernie was an exceptional figure to many others, whom he lovingly accepted as his own, including the spouses of his brothers, sisters, children, their children and step-children. Bernie will be remembered for his caring and kindness.
submitted Jul. 19, 2013 4:51P
Gregg A. Steber
Gregg Anthony Steber '62, M.D., died on November 3, 2013, after a four-year struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was 73.
Gregg was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on February 25, 1940. His parents, Arnold Steber and Maxine Boyle Steber and Gregg moved to Woodside in 1946. He attended Ballarmine College Prep and graduated from University of Santa Clara in 1962. In August, Gregg and Michaela Conley were married in El Cerrito, California and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where Gregg attended Marquette Medical School. He graduated in 1966 and spent two years at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston, Texas as a flight surgeon. In 1969, the family settled in Nevada City, California.
Dr. Gregg was a family physician for 41 years. He also spent ten years as a visiting doctor at the jails in Nevada, Placer and El Dorado Counties. Gregg taught CCD classes to high school students attending St. Patrick’s Church for fourteen years. He was active in Big Brothers and Big Sisters and mentored a young man through junior high and high school.
Gregg had a love for the outdoors, whether skiing on fresh powder, operating his John Deere tractor on his ranch or splitting wood for winter warmth. He attended all his children’s sporting events and never missed an opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren.
Gregg’s survivors include his wife, Michaela; son, Brian; daughters, Lisette, Danielle, Molly and her husband, Michael Neves; his grandchildren, Claire, Amanda and Gregg Neves, Jacob and Lukas Locker, Briana and Justin Bellamy and cousins, Sandi Murray and Kenneth Colson. God Bless You Dad, Grandpa and Friend.
submitted Nov. 22, 2013 11:58A
Michael D. Soper
Michael D. Soper ’63, May 30, 2013. Bartender, Carpenter, Real Estate Broker, Assistant Professor at Fresno State, General Contractor, Home Builder, Chief Appraiser, State of California R/W Appraiser: Truly a Wearer of Many Hats. Writer, Artist, Storyteller, Wordsmith, Historian, Photographer: A Real Beat. Panther, Don, Bronco, Golden Bear: A Gentleman and a Scholar. Friend. Drinking Buddy. Onetwelfth of the Dirty Dozen. Husband to Pam. Dad to Kate, Braden and Stephen. Papa to Lucas, Juna and Olive. NOW RETIRED...and missed by all. We Love You Mike. For information on the celebration of Mike's life write firstname.lastname@example.org.
submitted Jul. 23, 2013 11:14A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '65
George Thomas Sullivan
Retired Naval Commander and former U.S. diplomat George Thomas Sullivan ’65, M.A. ’66 died peacefully on Sunday, May 26 in Berkeley, Calif. after a long battle with cancer. An alumnus of Santa Clara and Stanford universities, George also had a successful career in Information Security, working for Sun Microsystems and Visa International during his post-Navy years. Born in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 15, 1944 to George and Mary Sullivan, he is survived by his beloved wife of forty-four years, Jolanda, their five daughters, nine grandchildren, and a sister. George left his mark in the East Bay as a hep tenor saxophone player for local swing band "Class Act." He enjoyed sailing his boat with family on the San Francisco Bay and was a devoted parishioner and Eucharistic minister at Saint Mary Magdalen Dominican Parish in Berkeley. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
submitted Jun. 25, 2013 10:31P
Thomas "The Cat" Casazza
Thomas "the Cat" Casazza ’66 died July 24 in Woodland, Calif. He was a proud member of the Rodents. Born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Feb. 16, 1945, Tom was a graduate of St. Francis High in Mountain View, CA and Santa Clara University. After a varied sales career, he obtained a law degree from Golden Gate University and established a practice that flourished for many years.
Tom is survived by his mother Evelyn Casazza, his first wife Victoria Berezin ’66, their son Lance, their daughter Francesca Dobbs, and grandsons Dylan and Brandon Dobbs. Tom is also survived by his second wife Judy Wiechers, their two daughters Kimberly and Christina, and Judy's son Jeffrey Maillard.
submitted Aug. 20, 2013 9:47A
Richard T. Bigotti Jr.
Richard Thomas Bigotti Jr. ’66, August 12, 1943 - May 5, 2013. He was born in San Jose, CA. A 23 year cancer survivor, he lived his life full-on until the cancer returned last year, taking him from all of us on May 5, 2013. Dick, as he was known to everyone, graduated from Santa Clara University and was one of the early entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley computer industry. He moved to Camarillo, CA in 1986, and for many years served as the Vice President of Operations for Kavlico Corporation in Moorpark. Dick lived life to its fullest. He was an avid athlete who enjoyed mountain biking, running, swimming, hiking, and any new adventures with his best friends and family. Dick traveled the world for both business and pleasure. He was an enthusiastic sailor who had the opportunity to visit exotic ports of call along with his close buddies. Dick was an amazing cook and host. Friends always welcomed an invitation for a get together at the Bigotti's. He appreciated his family, good wine, fabulous sunsets, great friends, and especially his wife. He will be remembered as a first class, stand up, rock solid guy. If you were Dick's friend, you were lucky indeed. He is survived by his wife, Jan, of 29 years, his mother, Laura, his siblings, Laureen and Jerome ’74, his children Lisa, Donna, Matt and Brady, his grandchildren Frankie, Amanda, Nicholas, Dakota, Savanna, and Lincoln. He is preceded in death by his father Richard Sr. and his sister, Barbara. His family also included an army of friends who were always there to celebrate the good times that he and Jan created together. He will be remembered for his strength of character and integrity. He was the one we all knew we could turn to. He will be tremendously missed.
submitted Jul. 19, 2013 4:25P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '66
George Thomas Sullivan
see year 1965
Henry A. Talifer
Henry Alfred Talifer J.D. ’67, 74, attorney at law, PHD and long-time Conejo Valley resident, joined the hand of God in heaven on Monday, August 5, 2013, after a brave fight with cancer. Henry was born in San Francisco, Calif., to Henry and Regina Tagliaferri. He graduated from Los Angeles High School. During his early college years, he met his first wife, Mary (Howe), with whom he had two children. Henry later married Lucille (Hoffer) and they shared his final years together traveling and living in Thousand Oaks, Calif. In 1961, Henry became a Reserve Commissioned Officer grade of Second Lieutenant in the Army of the United States and also received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science from the University of California Los Angeles. He continued his education at Santa Clara University and received a Degree of Juris Doctor in 1967. In 1969, he became an attorney and counselor of law. Three years later, in 1972, Henry became an attorney and counselor of the U.S. Court of Appeals as well as an attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court. With a true passion for education, he proceeded to obtain a Master of Arts Degree in education, social, and philosophical foundations in 1972 from California State University, Northridge. In 1979, Henry earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in education from the University of Southern California. He later received a Master of Arts Degree in philosophy from California State University Los Angeles in 2005. Throughout his career, Henry was recognized for his ongoing contributions as an advisory board chair and attorney volunteer for Volunteers in Parole. He also volunteered with Friends Outside throughout the Los Angeles region. Henry was a practicing attorney with the Los Angeles City Attorney's office at LAX, and an active member of the State Bar of California. Throughout his work and personal life, Henry fostered discussions with friends, family and students alike. He thrived in teaching Psychology of Education courses at California State University Northridge where he received the Professor of the Year Award. He continued teaching higher education courses, including various philosophy courses at Moorpark College, University of Redlands, California State University Los Angeles, and California Lutheran University. He was known for his unique classroom 'antics' that captured the attention of his students. His zest for life and exploration was apparent in his travels throughout his lifetime, having explored Northern and Southern Europe, Russia, Alaska, Hawai'i and other parts of the U.S. With a twinkle in his eyes and a charming lilt in his speech, he loved to share stories, jokes and anecdotes that brought warmth, smiles and laughter. Favorite pastimes of Henry's included his love of baseball (especially the Dodgers), movies and books - ever-the-one to keep learning, and taking a left turn instead of a right because he just hadn't been down that way before. Fascinated by human nature, some of his stories spun just from observing others. Henry is survived by his loving wife, Lucille; daughter, Jean; son, John; son-in-law, Brendan; two grandsons, Ryan and Jack; and stepchildren, Kim, Michael, Bonnie, and Simon.
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:32P
GRD Engineering '67
Frank B. Shelledy
Frank Boyd Shelledy M.S. ’67, 76 of Littleton, Colo., died June 6, 2013. Frank was born November 19, 1936 in Lincoln, Neb. to Harold R. Shelledy and Louise Boyd Shelledy. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1954. He received a full scholarship to M.I.T., but declined it to attend the University of Nebraska where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1958. He earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1967. He earned a Master of Business Administration in 1996 from the University of Colorado Denver. He held memberships in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the IEEE Magnetics Society. He received a Fourth-Level Invention Achievement Adard and an Outstanding Innovation award. Frank worked for Boeing Company in Seattle, Wash. until he joined IBM in San Jose, Calif. in 1960. In 1966, Frank transferred to Boulder, Colo. where he was a senior engineering manager in head manufacturing and development. In 1978, he transferred to Tucson, Ariz., where he continued his pioneering work in tape head development. In 1989, Frank retired from IBM and returned to Boulder, Colo. to work for Storage Technology Corporation. He became the President of Rocky Mountain Magnetics for a brief time before returning to StorageTek, where he worked until 2001 when he retired. After retiring, he started a consulting business as he was still the leader in his field world wide. In 2004, he married Marti Haucke and they were happily married at the time of his death. Frank was married to Lou Jean Taylor in 1954 and together they had five children: Deborah, David, Diane, Frank, and Suzanne. They divorced in 1969. In 1970, he married Mary Brees Davis. Together they had one child, Jennifer. They were married for 34 years and divorced in 2004. Frank was an avid cyclist. He participated in Ride the Rockies eight times. He participated in Bike Ride Across Georgia and biked from Boulder, Colo, to Lincoln, Neb. for his 50th High School Reunion. He also participated in The Big Sur Ride. He loved hiking in the Colorado mountains, grilling, and spending time with his family. He enjoyed attending the sporting events of his children and grandchildren. He inspired and challenged his children with his determination, vigor, and zest for life. Frank was preceeded in death by Harold R. Shelledy (father), Louise Boyd Shelledy (mother), Mary Ralston (sister), and Diane Shelledy (daughter). Along with his loving wife Marti, he leaves behind 5 children: Debbie Fleming (Rick, Asheville, NC), David Shelledy (Mary French, Davis, CA), Frank Shelledy Jr. (Myra Tucker, Atlanta, GA), Suzanne Shelledy (Savannah, GA), and Jennifer Shelledy (Mike McKelvey, Boulder, CO) four stepchildren: Bill Smith (Julie, Littleton), Sandy Barnes (Melvin, Lakewood), Connie Cruz (Ocala, FL), David Haucke (Glory, Littleton), thirteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and sister Sarah Eary (David, Martinez, CA).
submitted Jul. 23, 2013 11:11A
Daniel E. Hanley
Daniel E. Hanley ’67, MBA ’69, J.D. ’74, resident of Saratoga, passed away on September 14, 2013, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Dan, often referred to as "Buzz" in his family, was born at Stanford Hospital to Lydon and Annette Hanley on August 25, 1945, and was the seventh of ten children in a large Irish Catholic family. His large family was well known in the local area, owning and operating several grocery stores with the Duca family in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. He worked in one of the stores as a teenager, and eventually managed the company's real estate holdings for the families.
He devoted much of his time to his family, but he also had many hobbies and interests, including golf, music, movies, history, sports, and exercising. He was always giving, whether to charity or to the blood bank (82 pints of blood). Some of his greatest gifts included his warm manner and wonderful sense of humor. Everyone loved him.
After over forty years of marriage, Dan departs his loving wife, Judi. He is also survived by his two sons, Brian and Sean, and his siblings Alice, Pat, Tony, Leo, Linda, Debbie, and TT. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Johnny and Donald.
submitted Sep. 20, 2013 4:18P
GRD Engineering '67
Alex S. Bauer
Alex S. Bauer M.S. ’67, a resident of Sunnyvale, age 91, passed away at his home of natural causes on May 31, 2013. He touched many people with his kind, compassionate nature and through his dedication to Holocaust education as a survivor.
Alex was born in Kom di, Hungary, on May 25, 1922, the son of Joseph and Sarah Bauer, one of seven children. He graduated from the Technical University of Munich and Santa Clara University. Alex married Rita Markowitz in Chicago on June 6, 1956. In 1962 they moved to the Bay Area, where Alex worked as an electronics engineer for several microwave companies, including Sylvania and Loral. Alex dedicated more than 30 years to Holocaust education, speaking to hundreds of high school and college students about his experience. On June 6, 1944, as the Allies were invading Normandy, Alex was drafted into forced labor with the Hungarian army. Later that year, the German government, who had seized control of Hungary, sent Alex to the Dachau concentration camp and, later, to smaller work camps in southern Germany. He was liberated in 1945 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1949. Alex was invited to speak about the Holocaust to both the California State Assembly and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. He was an active volunteer at Congregation Beth David and at the Stanford Health Library. He also enjoyed listening to lectures on astronomy and the sciences. Alex is survived by his sister Magda, age 100, who lives in Israel; by his sons Ken MBA ’97 and Steve; by his daughter-in-law Lynn; and by his grandchildren Benjamin and Leigh (Ken) and Lauren and Xan (Steve). Alex was predeceased by his wife, Rita, who passed away on April 5, 2006.
submitted Jul. 4, 2013 6:53A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '68
Gordon Belcourt ’68, the executive director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, died July 15, 2013, in Billings.
Belcourt, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe and a former Missoula resident, was hailed as an unwavering advocate for Indian Country who took over the tribal leaders council 15 years ago and built it into a powerful regional and national voice for Native peoples.
His determination only increased, his family said, after the murder of one of his eight children in Billings a dozen years ago.
“The most devastating loss of his life was the loss of his daughter Elena Katie,” the family said in his obituary. “After her passing, he doubled his efforts to honor her life by helping to improve the quality of life for others. Forever a Blackfeet warrior, he decided he would never be defined by the problems he encountered.”
Belcourt was 68, and had been ill for some time when he died at St. Vincent Healthcare, according to his family.
The oldest of nine children, Belcourt was born in the winter of 1945 and grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation. He was given the name “Meekskimeeksskumapi,” or “Mixed Iron Boy,” in remembrance of World War II and the battle wreckage his uncle, Paul Home Gun Jr., observed after returning from five years of combat.
Belcourt was valedictorian of his Browning High School graduating class, but never considered continuing his education until, his family says, his high school principal “took him aside and informed him he would be going to college.”
Belcourt received a full scholarship to the University of Santa Clara in California, where he also entered the ROTC program and became a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
He initially arrived in Missoula to attend law school at the University of Montana, where he met his wife of 43 years, Cheryl. Instead of getting his law degree, however, Belcourt went back to California to earn a master’s in public health from the University of California at Berkeley before returning home to Montana, where he lived and worked on the Blackfeet Reservation and in Missoula before moving to Billings.
In 2003, UC-Berkeley’s School of Public Health named Belcourt one of its Public Health Heroes for his work on behalf of Native health care. The University of Montana awarded Belcourt an honorary doctorate in 2007.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl. Their daughter Elena was 21 when she was shot to death by a Lodge Grass man in Billings in 2001 after rejecting his sexual advances.
The Belcourts had seven more children together: Sol, Paul Thunder, Annjeanette Elise, Jaime Ruth, Ben David, Alex Anson and Sienna Noel.
submitted Jul. 19, 2013 4:03P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '69
Mary C. Kornei
Mary Catherine Kornei ’69 was a doctor who still made house calls. She cared deeply about her patients, visiting them on weekends and sleeping lightly so that she could be there for them at a moment's notice. Dr. Kornei, a longtime Los Altos resident and South Bay native, died April 30 of complications from lymphoma. She was 65. Dr. Kornei's family, friends and colleagues described her as a positive soul with an affinity for the outdoors, talented and passionate across a range of activities. She hiked regularly spoke French fluently loved her cats enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading, gardening, and according to husband Tom, even hanging clothes outside on the line to dry. She was often seen bicycling in her white lab coat to and from her office near El Camino Hospital. The daughter of Elizabeth and Dr. Vernon Schulein, a medical internist, Dr. Kornei grew up with her brother, John, in Willow Glen. She took ballet and piano lessons, participated in Girl Scouts and enjoyed hikes in the woods with her family. She attended Sacred Heart High School in Menlo Park and completed her undergraduate work in English and French at Santa Clara University in 1969. She lived in Aix-en-Provence, France, for two years after college and kept her French-language skills current. Dr. Kornei joined a Sierra Club bicycle trip along the Feather River in Northern California in 1973. On that trip, she met Tom Kornei, an electrical engineer who owned a small computer hardware company in Cupertino. The couple began dating before she enrolled at Yale Medical School in 1976. They were married at Stanford Memorial Church in July 1977 and moved to Los Altos. Dr. Kornei completed her medical residency at Stanford University in 1980 and began working in the Cupertino Clinic. The Korneis welcomed their first child, Katherine, in 1984. Dr. Kornei opened a private practice on Hospital Drive near El Camino Hospital in 1985. A second child, Mark, joined the family in 1988. Dr. Kornei was often on call. She wanted her patients to receive the best care and always made time for them. Even as a regular attendee sitting in one of the front pews at Los Altos United Methodist Church, she often quietly slipped out to answer a vibrating call from her answering service. Dr. Kornei worked at her private practice until her retirement in 2009. She was passionate in her love for medicine beyond any economic ramifications, Tom said, recounting how his wife called patients in the evening at home to share lab results and provided many services pro bono. She biked to work with side baskets containing medical charts. Dr. Kornei's friends and patients knew her as a caring, positive person with a beautiful smile. She sent thank-you notes for even the smallest kindnesses. Her son, Mark, said dinners at 8 p.m. were commonplace growing up, because that's when mom finished caring for her patients. He remembers as a child hauling around mailing tubs full of files in hospital corridors, trailing his mom as she made rounds. Patient care wasn't a job it was a passion, but so was bread baking, travel and everything else she did in a life that was lived to the fullest. That passion rubbed off on my sister and myself, Mark said. Dr. Kornei's daughter, Katherine, recalled important lessons learned from mom—the thrill of growing vegetables in the garden, the joy of travel and not being afraid of trying new experiences. I loved watching her test her language skills and pick up a guide book to explore a foreign city, she said. I remember wandering around the backroads of Venice with her and going into a glass-blowing shop on the island of Murano to view an artist at work. Longtime friend and colleague Dr. Cesar Molina called Dr. Kornei a very courageous person who took life's challenges head on and approached death the same way. He said he received an email from her about visiting one last time before her journey so she could say goodbye. Dr. Kornei is survived by husband Tom, daughter Katherine, son Mark, mother Elizabeth Schulein, brother John Schulein, nephew Greg Schulein and niece Michelle Parsons.
submitted Jul. 19, 2013 5:24P
Laurence E. Daniels
Laurence Edward Daniels ’69 was killed on Oct. 19, 2013. doing one of the things he loved most. He was a problem solver, an engineer who dedicated his work life to making rail travel more efficient and safe. He was born in Pasadena California on October 15, 1947. He grew up with his parents, Victor and Gertrude and his sister Marie Therese in Sierra Madre. He received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University. He married Joyce A. (Reynolds) Daniels ’69 while finishing his degree and had two daughters, Sarah and Amber Daniels. He was immediately employed by the railroad industry to inspect track, starting with the Western Pacific in the East Bay.
He and his family moved across the US so he could work for various rail inspection projects. They lived in Boisie Idaho, Pueblo Colorado and Fairfax Virginia, before returning to California in 1993. In each community, Larry made an impact. He coached and played soccer, played Rugby, golfed, and always had an active workshop in the garage. He was particularly enamored of creating and building things in his workshop, from amazing trellises for his gardens, to renovating the houses where he lived. He rarely sat still, unless it was to read a good book. He was an avid reader of biographies and historical information. He was always looking to figure out how things and people were put together.
After he returned to California, he started his own consulting firm, Daniels Railroad Engineering. He worked on rail projects all over the US and the world, helping improve and grow rail systems. Included in his projects were the English Channel Tunnel, the Kowloon-Canton Railway in China and the Singapore Mass Transit Project. He was a pioneer in many areas of the rail industry, most especially maglev rail projects. He also served on the Board of El Dorado and Sacramento Railway Historical Society and helped preserve and implement historical rail projects in the Sacramento Valley.
In 1996 he and his wife separated and in 2006 he met his second love, Betty Keever. Betty and Larry were together until the time of his death. He and Betty moved to Oakland in 2011 with their snuggly dog Oliver. He and Betty traveled widely, exploring the country and laughing often. Larry was Betty’s “Number 1”. Larry also played golf and played in semi-pro tournaments.
Larry was an incredibly generous man, who was described by many close to him as “wonderful, kind and extremely supportive”. He worked hard at whatever he did and loved to share the knowledge he had acquired. He cared deeply for the people in his life and would go out of his way to plan adventures for loved ones. His family speaks animatedly of a Segway trip last Thanksgiving around Lake Merrit that Larry planned, of how much fun they had, the stories they told. Larry always planned these excursions and field trips meticulously, ensuring that every possible activity was included and that the weather conditions would be perfect. He enjoyed making others happy and doing things for others wherever he could. He would often insist that people treat themselves on his dime.
Larry is survived by his life partner, Betty , his sister Marie -Therese, his daughters Amber and Sarah, nephews Eric and Marck and his dog Oliver.
submitted Nov. 22, 2013 12:06P